Syrian and Afghan refugees on first deportation flight to Rwanda, say charities


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Syrian and Afghan refugees are believed to be on the listing of individuals set to be deported to Rwanda in a fortnight, charities have stated.

Zoe Gardner, head of coverage and advocacy on the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), stated 15 Syrians have been advised they are going to be despatched to Rwanda in two weeks.

Defend Civilians, a Syrian refugee advocacy group, stated it believes there are each refugees from Syria and Afghanistan on that listing.

Egyptians, Kurds and other people from Chad are additionally set to be deported on the Rwanda flight, the group added.

The claims got here as Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel introduced on Tuesday the federal government will deport its first set of migrants to Rwanda on 14 June.

The Dwelling Workplace stated it had began issuing formal elimination notices to migrants because the “ultimate administrative step” in its partnership with the east African nation.

Ms Patel stated she expects there’ll nonetheless be makes an attempt to delay the method, however she ‘won’t be deterred’ from pushing forward with the plans.

Boris Johnson confirmed the plans in April, saying it might imply migrants utilizing unlawful routes – corresponding to coming throughout the Channel – can be “swiftly and humanely eliminated to a 3rd nation or their nation of origin”.

The coverage has come underneath sturdy criticism by Labour and refugee charities, however Mr Johnson insisted these making an attempt to succeed in the UK by small boat have been largely younger males who have been “in a roundabout way fleeing imminent peril”.

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Migrants stopped within the Channel

Ms Gardner stated one of many JCWI’s purchasers is a Syrian who got here to the UK by boat.

“There is no such thing as a secure route to flee Syria. No visa to use for or queue you possibly can be a part of to succeed in the UK,” she stated.

“He was focused by the regime and needed to run. He has two sisters residing right here, the place would you go? What welcome would you hope for?”

Dwelling Workplace figures launched final week revealed folks fleeing Afghanistan have been the biggest migrant group crossing the Channel within the early a part of 2022 after Western allies pulled in another country in August 2021.

One in 4 folks making the dangerous journey was from Afghanistan, with the figures displaying virtually as many Afghans crossing the Channel from January to March this 12 months (1,094) as in the entire of 2021 (1,323).

Rwanda map

Labour’s shadow dwelling secretary Yvette Cooper accused the federal government of “chasing headlines no matter actuality” after the primary flights to Rwanda have been introduced.

“The Rwanda scheme is not about deterring the prison gangs or small boat crossings, it is about chasing headlines no matter actuality,” she stated.

“This can be a utterly unworkable, extortionately costly, and deeply un-British coverage.

“There is no such thing as a correct course of for figuring out individuals who have been trafficked or tortured.”

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